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Road to Rapture: Thomas Merton's Itinerarium Mentis in Deum

From: Franciscan Studies
Volume 55, 1998
pp. 281-297 | 10.1353/frc.1998.0033

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Road to Rapture:
Thomas Merton's Itinerarium Mentis in Deum
Kathleen Deignan C.N.D.
Iona College

Footnotes

1. Thomas Merton, Thoughts in Solitude (New York: Farrar, Straus, 1958) 242.

2. Througout this essay Bonaventure's work will be referred to by its Latin title, Itinerarium Mentis in Deum (IMD) though the text in use is the translation by Ewert Cousins, Bonaventure: The Soul's Journey Into God (New York: Paulist Press, 1978).

3. Merton, "The Inner Experience," in Thomas Merton: Spiritual Master, ed. Lawrence Cunningham (New York: Paulist Press, 1992) 309. (Hereafter referred to as TMSM).

4. Thomas Merton, Seven Storey Mountain (New York: Harcourt, Brace, 1948) 268.

5. Seven Storey Mountain, 269.

6. Seven Storey Mountain, 315.

7. Seven Storey Mountain, 316.

8. Seven Storey Mountain, 321.

9. Seven Storey Mountain, 408.

10. Seven Storey Mountain, 506.

11. Seven Storey Mountain, 507.

12. Seven Storey Mountain, 388.

13. From the Mark Van Doren Collection, as footnoted by George Kilcourse in Ace of Freedoms: Thomas Mertron's Christ (Notre Dame: University of Notre Dame Press, 1993), 243.

14. IMD, Prologue.

15. In his introduction to the Itinerarium, Ewert Cousins notes that Bonaventure does not insist that one must move sequentially or linearly through the stages, but may do so randomly, beginning on any path. (Cousins, 23).

16. IMD VII, 5.

17. IMD I, 1.

18. Cousins, 26.

19. IMD I, 9.

20. Merton, Seeds of Contemplation (New York: New Directions, 1948), 25.

21. George Kilcourse, Ace of Freedoms: Thomas Merton's Christ (Notre Dame: University of Notre Dame Press, 1993), 95.

22. "The Sowing of Meanings" from Figures for an Apocalypse in The Collected Poems of Thomas Merton (New York: New Directions, 1977) 187-189.

23. Merton, from A Vow of Conversation, in TMSM, 167

24. Merton, "Hagia Sophia," in TMSM, 261.

25. Merton, Seeds of Contemplation, 25.

26. Merton, "Hagia Sophia," in TMSM, 258.

27. IMD II , 11.

28. Merton, The Sign of Jonas (New York: Harcourt, Brace, 1953), 138.

29. IMD I, 2.

30. IM III, 1.

31. IMD IV, 2.

32. See James Finley, Merton's Palace of Nowhere (Notre Dame: Ave Maria Press, 1978).

33. Merton, New Seeds of Contemplation (New York: New Directions, 1962), 280-281.

34. Merton, The Asian Journal of Thomas Merton, ed. Naomi Burton, Brother Patrick Hart, and James Loughlin (New York: New Directions, 1973), 317.

35. Merton, "The Inner Experience," in TMSM, 307.

36. "The Inner Experience," in TMSM, 296.

37. IMD V, 1.

38. For an intensive consideration of Merton's christology, see Kilcourse.

39. IMD V, 2.

40. IMD V, 4.

41. IMD V, 4.

42. Merton, The Seven Storey Mountain, 221.

43. Ibid., p. 212. The phrase is from the Itinerarium V, 4: "this very darkness is the illumination of our mind."

44. Merton, "The Inner Experience," in TMSM, 332-333.

45. Merton, "A Christian Looks at Zen," in TMSM, 421.

46. Merton, "The Inner Experience," in TMSM, 356.

47. See Philip Sheldrake, Spirituality and History: Questions of Interpretation and Method (New York: Crossroad, 1992), 197.

48. IMD, VI, 4.

49. Merton, "The Inner Experience", in TMSM, 327.

50. Merton, from Conjectures of a Guilty Bystander, in TMSM, 157

51. IMD, Prologue.

52. IMD VII, 4.

53. Merton, The Seven Storey Mountain, 512

54. The Seven Storey Mountain, 506.

55. The Seven Storey Mountain, 507

56. The Seven Storey Mountain, 507.

57. IMD VII, 6.

58. IMD VII, 6.

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